Established in 1974, SourceAmerica is one of two U.S. nonprofits designated in the Javits–Wagner–O'Day Act to support nonprofit agencies participating in the AbilityOne Program. That program provides employment opportunities for people who are blind or have other significant disabilities by providing them opportunities to produce goods and services under federal contracts.
SourceAmerica was founded by the federal government to assist organizations like Goodwill Industries International, National Easter Seals Society, the American Congress of Community Supports and Employment Services, the Arc of the United States, United Cerebral Palsy and International Association of Jewish Vocational Services receive government grants.
SourceAmerica's mission statement is: "Create employment opportunities for people with significant disabilities."
Prior to July 1, 2013, SourceAmerica was known as NISH.
SourceAmerica consists of a network of more than 1,300 non-profit organizations which provide the legislative and regulatory assistance, communications and public relations materials, information technology support, engineering and technical assistance, and extensive professional training needed for successful contract management. Through its local Community Rehabilitation Programs, currently provides employment opportunities to over 50,000 severely disabled individuals. Most of them are employed under contracts to produce items or provide services to the United States government.
SourceAmerica is governed by a 21-member board of directors. Each of the six founding organizations has a permanent seat on the board. The current CEO is Bob Chamberlin.